Ascent of Mont du Lac à Moïse-Sommet Nord on 2020-01-25

Climber: Lyndon Cavanagh-Dollard

Others in Party:Olivier
Date:Saturday, January 25, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont du Lac à Moïse-Sommet Nord
    Elevation:3051 ft / 929 m

Ascent Trip Report

During todays first river crossing roughly five minutes into the tree line from the 381 Olivier fell through the snowy crust layer supported by slush and was now underwater up to his waist beside the new beaver dam which did not exist during my previous visit to the area March 2018, we quickly removed Oliver from the icy water and removed his outer layer Gortex gaiters, we used snow to dry the moisture. Olivier is my best hiking friend and he continued on with those damp boots and legs for 6 more hours. You do not often find friends who are able to push through obstacles especially falling into icy water. We’ve gone on relatively few snowshoeing hikes since 2018 so possibly our senses weren’t heightened or tuned-in as normal, we subconsciously recognized the natural land features and visible water level below the “high ground” opposite of the dam however we thought nothing of it which ended up with Olivier leading the way at the time resulting in the submersion. Once on Lac Moïse we slowly probed ourselves out towards the centre and in one moment a LOUD ECHO beneath the ice, such a deep tone sharply shot in both directions North and South across the lake to the two shorelines! We all knew in this moment get the f*** out! I dropped so fast on my stomach my heart going 200 beats per minute, I begin to quickly crawl toward the East shoreline! Olivier and Randy are running for their lives, possibly we all would die today if we fell in the lake? We continued on, very cautious now around the shoreline and heard more deep tone cracks! I made the decision we turn around here 47.666994° N, 70.653008° W and during summer 2020 we will return from the West via the Gros Ruisseau - Sommet Ouest direction and during the same expedition climb the absolutely savage vertical wall of Le Gros Bras - Mur Sud. On the return we completed the ascent of Moïse Nord, we were above the clouds! Above the clouds with watercolours on the horizon! Our planet is incredible, above the clouds with watercolours, everyday in the wilderness mountains is never a disappointment.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1051 ft / 320 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1051 ft / 320 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Start Trailhead:2000 ft / 609 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Lyndon Cavanagh-Dollard
Click Here for a Full Screen Map
Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

Download this GPS track as a GPX file

This page has been served 23 times since 2005-01-15.

Copyright © 1987-2021 by All Rights Reserved. Questions/Comments/Corrections? See the Contact Page Terms of Service